ADK Review Board News
- SENATE CONFIRMS APPOINTMENTS FOR APA, ORDA – Adirondack Journal ( ) Website
Reporter Andy Flynn reports that Gov. Cuomo has announced the Senate confirmation of his appointments to a number of state agencies and authorities, including the Adirondack Park Agency and Olympic Regional Development Authority.
- LAWSUIT SEEKS PROTECTION FOR BICKNELL?S THRUSH – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
A staff report notes that the Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect Bicknell’s thrush as an endangered species.
- WITH FEW MAJOR VICTORIES, NEW YORK GOV. CUOMO FORGES AHEAD – Wall Street Journal ( New York, NY) Website
Reporter Erica Orden reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo may end up winning in the long run even though he was unable to get some issues through the state legislature this year. Cuomo is positioning himself as a fighter as the 2014 election season begins — and as he looks ahead to 2016.
- BROWNFIELD PROGRAM CREATES ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES (Column) – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
Writer Damon Hemmerdinger, government relations chair for the International Council of Shopping Centers, writes that New York must continue to provide incentives to help reclaim toxic sites and generate new tax revenues.
- WHAT THE LEGISLATURE GOT DONE IN THE ADIRONDACKS; WHY IT’S CONTROVERSIAL – North Country Public Radio ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporters Martha Foley and Brian Mann discuss the proposed constitutional amendments — on Township 40 and the NYCO Minerals land swap — and how the NYCO amendment is creating some controversy.
- QUESTIONS THAT AWAIT YOU IN THE FALL – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
Reporter Rick Karlin reports that the two Adirondack constitutional decisions facing voters this fall — on settling the Township 40 issue and on the NYCO Minerals land swap — are accompanied by four other measures on the statewide ballot, a recent record.
- LAKE PLACID PART-TIME ER BILL DIES IN ASSEMBLY – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that a bill that would have allowed Adirondack Health to run a part-time, off-campus emergency room at its Lake Placid hospital didn’t survive Friday’s end of the legislative session in Albany.
- LOCAL ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH FIRM WINS STATE BID FOR INVASIVE SPECIES RESEARCH – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
A staff report notes that Adirondack Research LLC, a Saranac Lake-based ecological research firm, has been awarded a contract with the New York State DEC to assist the DEC Division of Lands and Forests’ Invasive Species Coordination Unit with the assessment and classification of non-native animals in the state.
- SALES TAX HIKE APPROVED IN ST. LAWRENCE, ESSEX, CLINTON, FRANKLIN COUNTIES – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that during last week’s legislative session, North Country lawmakers pushed sales tax hikes through for four counties.
- HE’S GOV-ING IT ALL AWAY – New York Post ( New York, NY) Website
Reporter Fred Dicker reports that last week’s unproductive and destructive legislative session showed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lost his touch during his third year in office, in contrast to his first two years in office.
- MOVE ON FOR PART-TIME LAKE PLACID AMC – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Kim Smith Dedam reports that a bill currently sitting in the Senate Health Committee would amend public health law to allow AMC Emergency Department to convert to an immediate-care center.
- NYCO LAND DEAL WINS SECOND STATE VOTE – Denton Publications ( Elizabethtown, NY) Website
Reporter Keith Lobdell reports that two of the three votes needed for NYCO Minerals to continue working have been accomplished.
- ARE GREEN ACTIVISTS UNWELCOME ON CUOMO?S APA COMMISSION? – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that the environmental groups are not happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision not to re-appoint veteran environmentalist Dick Booth to the APA commission.
- OBAMA READYING EMISSIONS LIMITS ON POWER PLANTS – The New York Times ( New York, NY) Website
Reporter John Broder reports that President Obama will unveil regulations limiting carbon dioxide from existing power plants, not waiting for a confirmation vote on Gina McCarthy’s nomination as EPA administrator.
- NORTH COUNTRY REGIONAL COUNCIL APPROVES RECOMMENDED PROJECTS – Daily Courier-Observer ( Massena, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the NCREDC has approved its list of recommended projects to be awarded Infrastructure Funds at its meeting held at SUNY Potsdam.
- STEWARDS BATTLE INVASIVE SPECIES – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the Watershed Stewardship Program at Paul Smith’s college has begun for the summer season. The stewards will be inspecting various watercraft throughout three major recreational areas in an attempt to stop the spread of invasive species.
- CUOMO MOVES TO FILL APA COMMISSION SEATS – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the state Senate to reconfirm three APA Commissioners and has also moved to replace two other veteran board members.
- CUOMO NAMES APA AND ORDA PICKS – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Jon Alexander reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Daniel Wilt, owner of Wilt Industries in Lake Pleasant, to the APA Board of Commissioners, and Johnsburg real estate broker Jill Broderick has been appointed to the ORDA Board of Directors.
- SCHUMER SUPPORTS MAPLE-PRODUCTION LEGISLATION – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Joe LoTemplio reports that legislation known as the Maple Tap Act has passed the Senate, providing the U.S. Department of Agriculture grants of up to $20 million per year to states that create programs to encourage landowners to open their trees to maple tapping.
- NEW ADIRONDACK COUNCIL DIRECTOR LOOKS TO COMMON GROUND – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Kim Smith Dedam reports that William "Willie" C. Janeway has outlined his plan for the future of the Adirondack Council.
- WOULD A PART-TIME ER BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR LAKE PLACID? – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the state Nurses’ Association is condemning new legislation proposed to allow Adirondack Health to run a part-time emergency room in Lake Placid.
- APA, ORDA APPOINTMENTS PENDING – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that a string of appointments to the boards of state Adirondack Park Agency and state Olympic Regional Development Authority are expected to be approved before the legislative session wraps up this week in Albany.
- CLEAN UP THIS PROGRAM (Editorial) – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
The Times Union editorial board writes that the state needs to take a smarter approach in the future to cleaning up brownfields that doesn’t throw money at projects that don’t need it, and separates cleanup money and redevelopment money.
- BILL A7974-2013: AUTHORIZES THE STATE TO ENGAGE IN A LAND EXCHANGE WITH NYCO MINERALS, INC. RELATING TO CERTAIN LAND IN THE TOWN OF LEWIS, COUNTY OF ESSEX, WITHIN THE FOREST PRESERVE (SECOND PASSAGE) – Open.nysenate.gov ( Albany, NY) Website
A state website notes that the land exchange bill between NYCO and New York State has been sent to the Rules and Judiciary committees for review and action.
- DOCTOR VISIT TO MASSENA FOCUSED ON POPS, LOCAL ACTIVIST SAYS (Letter) – North Country Now ( Potsdam, NY) Website
Letter writer Donald Hassig of Cancer Action New York writes that Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany, presented information recently on how the presence of PCBs in the environment of the Akwesasne Reserve and the Town of Massena causes harm to residents.
- DEC’S MARTENS AT CENTER OF BIG ADIRONDACK DEBATES – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that state conservation Commissioner Joe Martens is at the center of some of the biggest debates in the North Country.
- AN IMPORTANT OUTSIDE-THE-PARK VOICE – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
The editorial board at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise writes their praise of Cecil Wray for his service to the Adirondack Park during his 14 years on the APA board.
- APA APPROVES NEW WHITEFACE SKI PATROL BUILDING – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the state APA has approved plans to replace the ski patrol building at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. The new building will house emergency radio communications equipment for Essex County and state police.
- STATE ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON ADIRONDACK LAND SWAP – NCPR.org ( Canton, NY) Website
A staff report notes that DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says that he hopes the state Assembly will approve a land swap deal between NYCO and the state to allow NYCO to continue mining.
- POLL: CUOMO APPROVAL DIPS TO NEW LOW – Times Union: Capital Confidential ( Albany, NY) Website
Reporter Jimmy Vielkind reports that poll numbers for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have fallen dramatically, according to a poll from Siena College’s Research Institute.
- RAQUETTE LAKE LAND DISPUTE SHIFTS TO STATE ASSEMBLY – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that lawmakers from the North Country are pushing to add a second Constitutional amendment to the statewide ballot this November that aims to resolve a century-old land dispute in Raquette Lake in Hamilton County.
- PULSE OF THE PEOPLE: COMPLETE RESTORATION (Letter) – The Record ( Troy, NY) Website
Letter writer Bethan Maher of Utica writes that she is confident that the state will determine that the best use of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is to maintain its designation as a multi-use corridor with a completed rail line and blended recreational and trail opportunities. Ms. Maher is the Executive Officer of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.
- EXTREME ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS OPPOSE NYCO PLAN ON TECHNICALITIES – WNBZ ( ) Website
A staff report notes that Protect the Adirondacks has filed a Memo in Opposition against second passage of a proposed constitutional amendment to exchange forest preserve lands in the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area in Lewis, New York with NYCO Minerals, Inc.
- HEARINGS UNDERWAY FOR PARK’S NEW FINCH PRUYN LANDS – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the state will temporarily open up portions of two recently-acquired former Finch timberlands while the APA works to determine a classification plan for the lands.
- ADIRONDACK LAND SWAP DIVIDES GREEN GROUPS – NCPR.org ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that environmental advocacy groups are split over a proposal to swap land in the Adirondack Park between the state and NYCO Minerals to allow NYCO to continue mining. The state Assembly is considering the bill in the final hours of this legislative session.
- NYCO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WINS SECOND PASSAGE IN SENATE – Peru Gazette ( Peru, NY)
A press release from state Sen. Betty Little’s office notes that a proposed constitutional amendment to allow for a land exchange between New York State and NYCO Minerals won second passage today in the Senate.
- WHITEFACE SKI PATROL BUILDING ON ADIRONDACK PARK AGENCY AGENDA – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the Adirondack Park Agency will consider a series of upgrades at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center which would include a new ski patrol building and the installation of antenna systems for Essex County’s public safety radio communications system.
- GOVERNOR EMBRACES ADIRONDACK COUNCIL’S STANDARDS ON PUBLIC LAND SWAPS, GAINS CRUCIAL SUPPORT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT (Press Release) – Adirondack Council ( Elizabethtown, NY) Website
A press release notes that the Adirondack Council has announced its support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Constitutional Amendment known as the Forever Wild clause.
- FOREST PRESERVE ADVOCATES DISAGREE ON MINING AMENDMENT – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Writer John Warren writes that while the Adirondack Council has approved the constitutional amendment to allow a land swap by NYCO Minerals, other environmental activist organizations are opposing the decision.
- ADIRONDACK LAND SWAP AMENDMENT PASSES SENATE – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Jon Alexander reports that the state Senate passed a bill to allow NYCO Minerals to swap land with the state in order to continue mining, and a leading Assembly Democrat agreed to shepherd the bill through the Assembly.
- LOCAL LEADERS TAKE STAND AGAINST INVASIVE AQUATIC SPECIES – Adirondack Journal ( ) Website
A staff report notes that area politicians gathered on June 7 at Rogers Memorial Park to show their support of proposed federal legislation aimed at curbing the introduction of invasive species into local waterways.
- WILL ANDREW CUOMO’S APA PICKS PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES? – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Reporter Dave Gibson reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has some important decisions to make on whether to leave the current membership of the APA as it is or to nominate 1-6 new members to replace those serving on expired terms.
- INVASIVE-SPECIES WORKSHOPS HELP IDENTIFY UNWANTED VISITORS – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Jeff Meyers reports that the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program will host its annual volunteer training sessions in aquatic invasive plant identification and survey techniques at three locations later this month.
- HISTORIC FINCH LAND HEARINGS TO BEGIN – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that state officials will begin a series of public hearings focused on how to manage the former Finch timberlands this week.
- OPTIONS FOR NEW STATE LANDS: WILD FOREST – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Reporter Phil Brown reports that a Wild Forest classification of the former Finch lands would be the least restrictive of the four classifications to be discussed at a series of public hearings.
- APA MEETS TOMORROW – Hamilton County Express ( Speculator, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at APA Headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, June 13 at 9 a.m.
- COPING WITH ER CLOSURE (Editorial) – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
The Press-Republican editorial board writes that while the proposed closure of the Lake Placid emergency room is in the best interest of Adirondack Health economically, it would affect the community’s reputation as a world-class sports and convention venue.
- LINKING LAKE GEORGE WITH TECH VALLEY, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – Lake George Mirror ( Lake George, NY) Website
Reporter Anthony F. Hall reports that a program monitoring wave conditions, marine life and pollution levels, similar to the one IBM is testing in Ireland’s Galway Bay, would balance economic growth and environmental protection in the Adirondack Park.
- ‘MYTH’ OF QUIET ADIRONDACKS CHALLENGED BY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP – North Country Now ( Potsdam, NY) Website
A staff report notes that Protect the Adirondacks has released a report analyzing public use of the 200 largest lakes and ponds in the Adirondack Park.
- FOLLOW-UP ON THE NEWS: HEARINGS SCHEDULED FOR ADIRONDACK PARK LAND – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
A staff report notes that as former Finch land is opened to the public in Hamilton and Essex counties, the Adirondack Park Agency plans public hearings on classifying the land.
- STATE TO RECONSIDER USE OF ADIRONDACK RAIL CORRIDOR – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Reporter Phil Brown reports that the state DOT and DEC along with the Adirondack Park Agency will begin holding public meetings this summer to look at the environmental and economic impacts of various options for the controversial rail corridor that traverses the Adirondacks.
- LAWYER SAYS CUOMO MAY BE TRYING TO BUY VOTES – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
Reporter James Odato reports that a lawyer is asking for a review of potential violations of election law in the deal that Gov. Andrew Cuomo made with the Oneida Indians regarding its casino.
- NEW ADK COUNCIL LEADER LOOKS TO GET BACK TO PARK BASICS – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that Willie Janeway has taken over as director of the Adirondack Council
- WASHINGTON COUNTY AGAIN NIXES INVASIVE SPECIES LAW – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Jon Alexander reports that Washington County supervisors have again turned down a proposed local law that would ban the transport or introduction of invasive species into the county’s ponds, lakes and rivers.
- WORKING ON ACCESS TO OK SLIP FALLS – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Mike Lynch reports that the state Department of Environmental conservation is working on a stewardship plan that will increase access to the OK Slip Falls and Blue Ledges tract.
- BOAT SAFETY PROPOSAL FLOATED BY POLS – The Leader-Herald ( Gloversville, NY) Website
Reporter Arthur Cleveland reports that local reaction has been mixed to a proposed law that would require all boaters to obtain a safety certificate before operating a motorized boat.
- BROWNFIELD PROGRAM TAKES A HIT – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Nearing reports that Deputy Comptroller Pete Grannis said that a program meant to help clean up brownfields is too expensive and needs to be scaled back. He says that too much money has gone to develop expensive properties, leaving cleanup of community projects out in the cold.
- Q POLL RESPONDENTS SAY SILVER SHOULD GO, 51-22 – Times Union: Capital Confidential ( Albany, NY) Website
Reporter Casey Seiler reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval ratings have dropped to a new low. Voters give him a 53 percent-30 percent job approval rating.
- IJC PREPARES FOR HEARINGS ON "MODIFIED" WATER LEVELS PLAN – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter David Sommerstein reports that a binational agency is poised to take another step towards revising the way water levels are managed on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.
- UNDERWATER LINE COULD SUPPLY NEW ENGLAND WITH NY WIND POWER – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Sarah Harris reports that a Massachusetts company wants to build an underwater transmission line from Plattsburgh to Burlington, giving New York state energy producers access to a new market.
- APA SCHEDULES NYC HEARING ON FINCH LANDS – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Reporter Phil Brown reports that the Adirondack Park Agency has scheduled a hearing in New York City on various options for classifying of 21,200 acres of former Finch Pruyn land and up to 24,200 acres of adjacent Forest Preserve.
- WORK CONTINUES ON CUOMO’S ADIRONDACK CHALLENGE – Adirondack Journal ( Elizabethtown, NY) Website
Reporter Andy Flynn reports that tourism officials in Hamilton County have begun preparing for the Adirondack Challenge whitewater races and festival to be held on July 21.
- PADDLING: THE MYTH OF MOTOR-FREE ADIRONDACK WATERS – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Reporter Peter Bauer reports that Protect the Adirondacks has released a report showing that there are relatively few opportunities for motor-free experiences on the biggest, most accessible lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks.
- TOWNS DEMANDING MOTOR ACCESS TO NEW LANDS – Hamilton County Express ( Amsterdam, NY) Website
Reporter Pete Klein reports that the Town of Long Lake is joining forces with a group of area towns calling themselves the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub, formed to lobby for a Wild Forest classification of former Finch Pruyn timberlands.
- ARTA TRYING TO BE REASONABLE (Letter) – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Letter writer Joe Mercurio, president of Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, who lives in Saranac Lake writes that ARTA’s primary objective with respect to the Remsen-Lake Placid Rail Line has been to facilitate good public policy.
- 60 MORE DAYS TO SOLVE ER DILEMMA – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise editorial board writes that given the strength of the resistance from Lake Placid, Adirondack Health was wise to delay its decision to cut costs by converting the emergency department at its Lake Placid hospital into an urgent care clinic.
- TAKE ACTION: PROTECT SPORTSMEN’S INTERESTS IN THE ADIRONDACK PARK – New York State Outdoor Writers Association ( ) Website
A staff report notes that deliberations have commenced for the appointment of seven of the eight board of directors positions for the Adirondack Park Agency.
- TRAIL WOULD OPEN UP MANY POSSIBILITIES (LETTER) – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Letter writer Scott S. Thompson of Beaver River writes that the rail trail in the Adirondacks would open up many possibilities for the region.
- FATE OF LAKE PLACID ER ON HOLD FOR 60 DAYS – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Kim Smith Dedam reports that the trustees at Adirondack Health have decided to spend up to 60 days giving further study to the plan to convert the emergency room at the Adirondack Medical Center site in Lake Placid into an urgent-care center.
- CUOMO SAYS TAX-FREE COLLEGE ZONES AN ECONOMIC "GAME CHANGER" – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo barnstormed across Upstate New York yesterday, trying to build political support for a new network of tax-free zones around many of the state’s colleges and universities.
- RECORD-BREAKING BROOK TROUT CAUGHT IN ADIRONDACKS – Wall Street Journal ( ) Website
The Associated Press reports that New York conservation officials say a state-record-breaking catch of a brook trout is a sign that lakes in the Adirondacks are recovering from acid rain pollution.
- UPSTATE WILL NEVER SUCCEED WITH SO MANY LAYERS OF GOVERNMENT (LETTER) – Daily Gazette ( Schenectady, NY) A9
Letter writer Albert Colone of Oneonta writes that the greatest impediment to development throughout upstate is the terrible structure of government.